Movie/TV News: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Possibility, HOBBIT Grows

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X-Men: First Class sequel: Rumors have been picking up that the 2014 sequel to X-Men: First Class will indeed be a "Days of Future Past" adaptation of sorts (drawing from the oft-referenced 1981 alternate future storyline by Chris Claremont and John Byrne), primarily due to Latino Review picking up reports from a Russian website. Though it hasn't been confirmed in any amount at this point, it's worth noting that Fox has purchased the domain name "daysoffuturepast.com."

The Hobbit: One rumor that is confirmed: Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit will indeed now be three films instead of two, with the director writing on his Facebook page, "We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance." The first installment, An Unexpected Journey, is scheduled for release on Dec. 14, 2012.

Arrow: The Television Critics Association summer press tour brought several news bits on the CW series based on DC's Green Arrow. Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer (and comic book writing veteran) Marc Guggenheim disclosed that the show will take inspiration from Green Arrow: Year 1 and Green Arrow: The Long Bow Hunters, but, unsurprisingly, will divert from comic book history — including giving Oliver Queen a family, with two living parents and a younger sister. Whether or not Katie Cassidy's Dinah Lance will become Black Canary during the course of the series remains an open question.

 

Powers: The TV adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's creator-owned comic about cops investigating superhero-related murders is still in contention at FX, with The Hollywood Report on Saturday quoting network president John Landgraf as saying, "If we elect to move forward, I think we'll just go back and reshoot [the pilot] with an entirely new cast" — though the article indicates there's at least a chance Jason Patric will return as co-lead Christian Walker. 

The Dark Knight Rises: Hans Zimmer, who scored all three of Christopher Nolan's Batman films, has composed a song in tribute to the victims of this month's fatal shooting in Aurora, Colorado, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund. More information is here.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: Joss Whedon's 2008 musical will make its broadcast TV debut at 9 p.m. on Oct. 9 on The CW, Deadline reports.

Skyfall: After parachuting into the Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies with the Queen (kind of), James Bond is back in a new teaser for Skyfall:

And finally, if you're one of the many people to check out the distinctively Heath Ledger as Joker-esque Tom Waits interview from 1979, here's the second part of his appearance from that very same talk show:

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